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Mayor encourages business development in St. John's

St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe encouraged people with ideas, and money, to do more business with the city during his address to the Rotary Club on Thursday.
St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe addressed the Rotary Club on Thursday, showcasing the economic growth throughout the city, reports Azzo Rezori. 1:56

St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe used his annual address to the Rotary Club on Thursday to encourage people with ideas, and money, to do more business with the city.

He presented statistics showcasing the overall increase, from personal incomes to housing starts. The only number showing a decline is the unemployment rate.

O'Keefe attributes some of the city's recent progress to partnerships not just with other governments, but also with private companies.

He suggested that more of the same kind of partnerships would be in everyone's interests.

"If we can do a project and pay only half the cost, then the benefit is to us, and it's a damned good investment," O'Keefe said.

"So if you have a million dollars and you have a good idea, come to city hall and we'll work with you."

Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff said she is more selective about who she would choose to do business partnerships with.

"I do recognize the value of partnership, but I think the partnerships have to be aimed at direct benefits to the city," Duff said.

O'Keefe doesn't share the idea of selective partnerships.

"We, the city, will partner with anybody except the devil ... to help grow this city."